Lectionary Reflections: Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time [c] September 18, 2016

Engaging Faith | Mon, Sep 12, 2016

By John Bucki, S.J.
Source: Center of Concern

Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time [c]

September 18, 2016


Amos 8:4-7

1 Timothy 2:1-8

Luke 16:1-13 or 16:10-13



September 15 to October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month 

September 16: International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 

September 18: Catechetical Sunday

September 21: International Day of Peace (

September 22: First Day of Autumn (Autumnal Equinox)



If you desire peace, work for justice.

- Paul VI

Today, in a world that is increasingly complex and interdependent, there is a need for a new spirit of dialogue and cooperation between Christians and Muslims. Together we acknowledge the one indivisible God, the Creator of all that exists. Together we must proclaim to the world that the name of the one God is “a name of peace and a summons to peace” (Novo Millennio Ineunte, 55)!

- John Paul II on his arrival in Syria, 5 May 2001

Peace is the fruit of justice and is dependent upon right order among humans and among nations.  The arms race must cease and progressive disarmament take place if the future is to be secure.  In order to promote peace and the conditions of peace, an effective international authority is necessary. 

- Catholic Social Teaching: Our Best Kept Secret, 24

Modern man maintains that enlightened self-interest
is the way to see that society governs itself
But the self-interest is no longer enlightened and 
no one is remembering principle
When interest becomes the only principle
What we get is a selfish society

- Peter Maurin

The most important thing to do, said the Holy Father, is to ask yourself: “What is my treasure?”. It certainly cannot be riches, as the Lord has said: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, because in the end you will lose them”. What is the treasure that we can take with us to the end of life? The Pope gives a simple answer: “You can take what you have given, and only that”.

Pope Francis, 21 June 2013


Thoughts for Your Consideration

A few decades ago, Pope Paul VI stated that “If you desire peace, work for justice.”  Today Amos speaks in the strongest terms about those whose economic actions are “trampling the needy and destroying the poor.”  Today Jesus says that one “cannot love both God and money.” 

If we want peace, how must we speak and live the message of justice today?

War and terrorism continue in our world.  Violence exists on so many levels. The Christian response to the violence of our world must flow from reflection on the realities of injustice that lead to the ways of violence.  

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